(Closed) Any Bees with a Medical ID bracelet?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: When/how to wear/use medical ID bracelet?
    Never take it off!! : (8 votes)
    13 %
    Take it off within reason, but as rarely as possible. : (11 votes)
    17 %
    Don't show it to people, you're abusing the purpose of it. : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Show it if you feel oncoming symptoms and need to sit/drink. : (12 votes)
    19 %
    I wear a medical ID : (8 votes)
    13 %
    I do not wear a medical ID : (17 votes)
    27 %
    I have something to add in a comment : (6 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    1575 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My daughter was a severe asthmatic and also suffered from seizures. I often bugged her about wearing hers when she became a young adult. Had she worn hers, she might still be alive. Cry

    Post # 5
    240 posts
    Helper bee

    @KT808:  “The petty: do I HAVE to wear it if I’m going out to dinner, or dressed up, or doing something else where a bracelet like that would be distracting? If I’m around family, wouldn’t they be able to assist in an emergency?”

    Answer: YES, You HAVE to wear the ID bracelet even if you are dressed up or around family members or both!! People panic in an emergency. People suddenly can’t remember their own names when there is a life threatening emergency, let alone be able to keep track of someone else’s medical condition or medications. 

    Wear the bracelet no matter what.

    Post # 6
    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    I had to wear one when I was on blood thinners and I had several different options.  

    This is what I wore when I worked out 

    Medical ID Blue Sport Strap Bracelet with ID Tag Adjustable 4 - 8 Inches - Item YF1131


    This is what I wore when I was dressed up

    Tiff Sterling Silver Medical Charm Bracelet

    Post # 7
    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I don’t wear one, but I don’t have any medical conditions.

    Post # 8
    451 posts
    Helper bee

    I wear one, too, for an anaphylactic reaction to ibuprofen.  Mine, luckily, looks kind of nice.  I’ve actually gotten a few compliments for it.  It looks like this:

    The gold has faded so now it just looks silver.  I wear it all the time.  Someday, when I do marry, I’m going to take it off, though!  I figure with everyone in attendence that will know me, if I somehow can’t tell people not to give me ibuprofen someone else will.The only other exception for when I’ve taken it off was to polish it, get it fixed if something broke, or if I’m working with clay (for ex) and the darn thing keeps getting in the way and leaving impressions in what I’m working on.  Then I loop it through a belt loop.

    I think it’s perfectly fine to show it to someone if you need to do sit/drink.  I think that is part of what it is for.

    Post # 9
    31 posts
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I where one everyday.  I started out with one that looked exactly like yours and hated it.  I then came up with an idea to make my own bracelet portion.  So that’s what I did.  I make the braclets with beads from Michaels and have the in different colors and put lobster clasps on both ends.  Honestly it looks like I’m just wearing a regular bracelet.

    Post # 10
    903 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m sorry, I can totally understand why this would be frustrating. There are companies that make “prettier” ID bracelets, maybe you might want to look into them? Here are two that I found but there are a lot more:



    I also think it’s totally fine to use it when you need to. Especially when it comes to bringing water into places, I think it’s ridiculous for water to be banned anyway!

    Post # 12
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Darling Husband is Type I diabetic, and I’ve been on him about wearing one for years now. He used to, but he hasn’t really been good about it in his adult life. I know it’s not likely that something will happen because he has his diabetes under excellent control, but I still really wish he would take the extra precaution. I think it’s great that you wear yours, and you should definitely continue. 

    Post # 13
    2808 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @BostonBaby:  I used to have to wear a medical ID bracelet when I was younger, but I have since stopped needing it.

    That being said, I had to use my bracelet to make special requests a couple of times and most people were very accommodating. Even though I looked healthy, pretty much everyone I showed my bracelet too was very understanding about making an exception. As long as you’re polite and discreet (for example, don’t make a show of it when you explain…just take them aside and tell them quietly) people are more willing than you’d think to help you out.

    ETA: Jealous. All of those are waaaay cuter than the ugly thing I had to wear lol.

    Post # 14
    3471 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    @BostonBaby:  As for your “petty” reason– there are a lot of different styles, it seems like you got the most basic version; is there an option to get a second one that maybe looks a little more dressy and wont stand out as much when you’re all dolled up? 

    As for the “non-petty” reason– yes, for both of your examples.  I have a condition where I need to drink water constantly as well, I have a pretty good rhythm where I take a sip about every 2 minutes– if I fall out of that rhythm things go down hill fast.  I think it’s perfectly acceptable to show a museum or whatever your bracelet and explain that given your condition they should make an exception– but you do need to remember that it’s not a “free-pass” they still have the right to say No, and in that case, you need to make different plans.  

    Post # 15
    31 posts
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @BostonBaby:  It took me a few years befre I came up with the idea.  I almost feel like I should sell them.  I recommended the idea to so many different people over the years. 

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